Dual Credit at NDSU: Increasing Options and Exploring Possibilities

Dual Credit at NDSU: Increasing Options and Exploring Possibilities by Dr. Stacy Duffield

After a few years of start and stop planning, and a pandemic that made everything screech to a halt, we are excited to launch the Dual-Credit Program at NDSU. Courses will be offered during the 2022-23 academic year, but the registration process is happening right now.

Our colleagues at the junior colleges have been doing an amazing job of offering dual credit for many years. They have made universal general education classes like English 110 and College Algebra available to North Dakota (ND) high school students, allowing them to get a head start on college while fulfilling their high school course requirements.

NDSU’s dual-credit program has a somewhat different purpose. Continue reading “Dual Credit at NDSU: Increasing Options and Exploring Possibilities”

@ NDSU Video Series


A key to successful learning involves the process of knowledge application. Yet, as teachers understand, there are only so many hours in a school day, month, even year. Demonstrating how important concepts can apply to real-life situations outside of the classroom is a novel concept that involves time, resources, and considerable forethought. But, what if all of the planning and creating had already been done for you to put your learning objectives to practical use? What if your students had the opportunity to see others using their knowledge on specific topics out in the real world? Would you want to check it out? Well, NDSU’s Office of Teaching and Learning (OTL) hopes that you do!

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The One Reason You Should Take All Your PD Through NDSU

The One Reason You Should Take All Your PD Classes Through NDSU By Connie Jadrny

If you have taken a class through our office, then you are familiar with our commitment to top-notch customer service. In fact, our team of staff assists K-12 educators in an efficient, knowledgeable, and friendly manner, and we take pride in that. These are all very compelling reasons to take all of your professional development (PD) classes through NDSU, but I have another reason which is even more important. Let me explain. Continue reading “The One Reason You Should Take All Your PD Through NDSU”

Gathering Teaching Solutions

Gathering Teaching Solutions

In a previous blog post I wrote about the reasons for opening up your school or district’s professional development to all K-12 teachers nationwide. One of the reasons mentioned stayed with me for a long time. That reason was, “What if a teacher in your school is struggling to find a solution to an issue in their classroom or with their student? And, what if the solution to that issue is held by another teacher, in another district?”

Basically, what I was suggesting was offering your professional development classes as an outlet for teachers from all backgrounds and school systems to share their ideas for unique or difficult situations. As I was thinking about this concept, I realized that there are more opportunities in which teachers can learn from each other. Continue reading to learn about other ways to gather teachers. Continue reading “Gathering Teaching Solutions”

STEM @ NDSU – Our New YouTube Playlist

STEM @ NDSU - Our New YouTube Playlist

The greatest thing about planning ahead is that you always know what is coming, right?

Errrr… then a random pandemic comes along and all of a sudden, your well-made plans are no longer viable.

At this point, you can either bang your head on your desk and lament about the unfairness of all that wasted planning (not recommended).

Or, you can do what our office did and rethink and retool the activities you had planned (Highly recommended and I will tell you why.)

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How We Learn

Have you ever thought about how you learn? We’re in academia, so I’m sure at one point or another you’ve spent a little bit of time wondering if you could be studying more efficiently or wondering if you’ll retain information you just learned.  Given how crunched we are for time, I know more than once I’ve spent a few precious moments trying to determine the most efficient way to maximize my learning and retention.

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Why You Should Consider Opening Up Your School’s Professional Development

Why You Should Consider Opening Up Your School’s Professional Development

Today’s topic is so great for our We Learn Together Blog because it gets to the very heart of why this blog was created. We Learn Together. As we all know, in life we don’t always have all the answers. Sometimes we need to lean on other people to help us solve problems. This is where the concept of “opening up,”  or making professional development (PD) classes available to all teachers can be extremely  important and useful.

Many K-12 schools offer PD classes for their own teachers, but did you know, these schools are missing out on a variety of opportunities by not allowing outside teachers in their classes? We will discuss some of those reasons in this post. Continue reading “Why You Should Consider Opening Up Your School’s Professional Development”